I tried it a little some years ago, and it is my impression that the woman writing me was in fact real woman. They also come in all shapes, ages and looks, so they were not fake profiles with pictures of supermodels. I was actually searching for a woman from S-america, preferably Brasil because I had been there and liked the people and their language, but I ended up mailing a woman from Mexico. She was fun, and visited me in Denmark (she paid her trip...), and I later visited her in Mexico for a couple of months. Well, the relationship ended, as such things usually do, but she was certainly a "normal" woman, and not just a scam. I adbise you to use your common sense, but I have good experiances with the woman I have mailed, and the one I met.